Last week I had the privilege of leading life-career workshops for almost 300 Health Career Connection (HCC) Interns in Oakland, Boston and Washington DC. One of the most popular discussion topics was the question “How important is it to have paid work experience prior to applying for graduate school?” I was struck by the large number of students who felt the need to go to graduate school without gaining sufficient post-undergraduate experience. More surprising was that over 50% were…Continue
I hope you are all having enjoyable and productive summers. Summer is my favorite season and as usual it seems to be going by much too fast. To ensure that you are making the most out of your summer I encourage you to do a mid-summer status check. The purpose is to reflect on:
what you have experienced and learned so far;
your progress relative to your…
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on July 11, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
Choosing the next step in your career can be stressful, but it’s also an opportunity for growth and exponential possibilities if you approach the search in the right way.
When I began my job search after college, I had no idea what I wanted to do or how to be competitive in the job market. In fact, I became so overwhelmed by the process that I decided I didn’t want a “real” job and sold all of my things…Continue
Added by Kristin Messerli on March 2, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments
“This is they year I’m going to switch career fields.”
“This is the year I’ll finish my degree."
“This is the year I apply to grad school.”
“This is the year.”…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on February 25, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments
60% of this year’s top 100 careers in US News and World Report’s annual ranking are in the health field. In fact, 15 of the top 20 Best Jobs of 2016 are health jobs.
My Health Career Navigator is based on a 9-step health career planning framework developed and used by Jeff Oxendine over the past 25 years to help thousands of students and other health career candidates choose and successfully…Continue
Added by Christina Knueven on February 22, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
There has been lots of buzz about the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how it contributes to a person’s success in the workplace. As a consultant in the field of Leadership Development—I work with organizations to enhance their leadership skills—teaching Emotional Intelligence and its skills is a key part of what I do.
Emotional Intelligence was once considered fluff, or a soft skill, but it is now a core of…Continue
Added by Lydia Tuden Oxendine on February 10, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
With the last of summer internship deadlines quickly approaching, you are most likely putting the finishing touches on your applications. As you do so, take a look at this list of tips for some last minute ways to make your application more competitive.
1) The statement of purpose. Most applications require an…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on February 3, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments
In light of the upcoming AAMC Medical School Virtual Fair (on February 4th), we wanted to take a moment and highlight some helpful tips and important updates in virtual networking.
Don’t let the ease of attendance lead you to believe that an online fair is something passive; it’s…Continue
What if you knew exactly the types of skills and experiences you need to develop now to get hired later? What if you knew the exact jobs that will be most in demand in the near future and beyond?
As you navigate through your health career, you will find that keeping up with the trends of the industry and the workforce will not only expose you to job options you…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on January 19, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
You survived finals week. The holidays are here and the New Year awaits you. The furthest thing from your mind right now is work, and particularly school work. You just want a moment of relaxation after those long hours of writing papers and taking exams, and you deserve it. You have earned some time to…Continue
Added by Sonthonax Vernard on December 17, 2015 at 5:48pm — No Comments
All of us have the talent and the power within us to achieve our Authentic Health Career. Along the way, we must overcome challenges including defeating our own demons. In his book The Motivation Manifesto, bestselling Author Brendon Burchard describes 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power (I highly recommend the book). One of the 9 Declarations is: “We Shall Defeat our Demons.”
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on November 8, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
In finding your authentic health career, it is important that you expose yourself to as many facets of the health field as you possibly can. One way to do this is to find and follow health care trends and topics. A current trend in health care that you should know about involves innovations in community health centers. In this first of a two-part blog on the topic, I will explain what community health centers are, some of the current challenges and issues…Continue
Added by Roza Do on May 19, 2015 at 4:27pm — No Comments
A few weeks ago I spoke with a recently graduated student who was discouraged and confused in his health career path. This student said that he wanted to work internationally—possibly through business, or maybe policy. But when I asked him why, he couldn’t give me a single good reason. We backtracked for a while and he finally told me his story. He had always been interested in public health and as he moved through undergrad, he became increasingly…Continue
Added by Alivia Shorter on May 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
In our first post about National Public Health Week on Monday, we promised a follow up full of public health resources to provide you with actual steps you can take today to be a part of the national public health conversation.…Continue
Added by Alivia Shorter on April 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
It seems like there’s a week for everything, doesn’t it? So what’s the big deal about National Public Health Week?Continue
Added by Alivia Shorter on April 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Please help MyHCN welcome this week's guest blogger, Amy Klimek of ZipRecruiter.
What Employers Look for in Recent Graduates
Whether you will graduate soon and are anxious to land your coveted first job or have recently graduated and are still navigating the health job market, understanding what employers…Continue
Added by MyHCN Administrator on March 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
As summer internship applications begin drawing to a close (but not all of them—there’s still some time to apply!), you may have started thinking about the next stage of the application process: interviews. Interviews can seem daunting, and as we are also quickly surging into the job search season, we have compiled a list of tips to have you ready and confident for…Continue
Happy New Year!
As we surge into 2015, many of you are making New Year’s Resolutions and plans for the future. It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour of resolutions at the beginning of a new year--or to brush off New Year’s resolutions as pointless--without realizing that with hard work and some directed steps, they are useful and can get you to places you want to be. Whether you’re making a resolution on New Year’s Day,…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on January 12, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments
I often encounter students who have the grades, experience, and other strengths to be competitive applicants for graduate programs but are concerned about their GRE or other standardized test scores. They ask: “How important is the GRE?”, “Are my scores good enough?” or “What do I do about my low scores?”
The answers vary by school and program. Many are reducing the importance of GRE scores because they don’t believe it is an…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on December 4, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments